What's involved in a Home Staging Consultation

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December 20, 2014

You’ve decided to work with a professional to stage your home for the real estate market before you list it – congratulations! You’ve made a wise decision that will help you sell your home faster, and for more money had you left it alone.
But before the staging process happens, an initial consultation with your home stager is required.
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What Should You Expect During a Home Staging Consultation?
A home staging consultation will occur in your home, in order to give the stager a chance to look at the home in detail, and develop a plan of what it required to present your home in the most pleasant light to your prospective buyers. Your home stager will go through every single room in the house, and analyze everything, from the floors, to the walls, to the ceilings, and everything in between.
Staging a home is totally unlike an interior design project. Whereas interior designing caters to the likes and tastes of the home owner, home staging is more about catering to the appeal of home buyers who may visit your property when it is up for sale. Your goal with home staging is to make sure these possible buyers love your home, not necessarily you, the home owner.
While that may sound counterintuitive to you at first, it’s really about the buyers. After all, people need to feel an attraction to a home before they’re willing to put in an offer on it! While you may not necessarily agree with some of the suggestions that your home stager may come up with, it’s important to understand and keep in mind that the entire process is meant to get as many eyes on your property as possible in order to sell it fast, and for top dollar.
During the consultation, and after having had a look throughout the home, your home stager will make suggestions on changes that should be made. Some of the more common suggestions will include de-cluttering the home, ensuring that it is clean and tidy. Other suggestions may include “neutralizing” the home so it doesn’t necessarily look like you live in it. This may include repainting the walls to a more neutral tone, getting rid of personal and family photos, or even changing the area rugs to something more subdued.
The suggestions they make are just that – suggestions. You can choose to do all of them, some of them, or none at all, The choice is yours. However, it’s critical to note that the closer you follow their suggestions, the more likely you are to sell your home for more money, and within a faster time frame.
Once the consultation is complete, you have no obligation to continue with your home stager’s service. Simply pay them for their time during the consultation, and they’ll be on their way. You can then choose to do the staging yourself. On the other hand, you may choose to work with them, and allow them to take on the task of making all the changes themselves on your behalf. This will not only save you a great deal of time and stress, but it will also ensure that the job is done properly.
If you’re looking to sell your home, have the experts at Hope Designs stage your property for you! Visit HopeDesigns.ca today to check out our gallery of homes that sold in a matter of days for well over the asking price, all thanks to our creative home staging services!